Chris Bumstead shares the two hardest working bodybuilders he has ever met in his life.


While bodybuilding can be a lonely sport especially during competition prep, it’s also one full of inspiration. Yes, the number one goal of each bodybuilder is to focus inward to create the best bodybuilding physique possible. But training sessions and gyms provide athletes with a community of fellow bodybuilders. Training partners and home turf gyms often become their universe. It also allows room for an athlete to become inspired by what is possible. In our latest GI Exclusive Vault interview, Chris Bumstead talks about the two bodybuilders who most inspire him – because of their incredible work ethic.

Chris Bumstead is the current Classic Physique Olympia champion. You don’t get that title by accident. For years Bumstead has been one of the top Classic Physique bodybuilders in the division. To some, he has a superior physique that stands out among the best in the world.

So when Chris Bumstead describes the hardest working bodybuilders that he’s ever met – it’s a comment worth taking note of. Bumstead must obviously consider himself a great athlete to have achieved what he’s accomplished thus far. But the way he talks about Iain Valliere (who is his brother in law) and Flex Lewis showcase just how much respect he has for these two athletes.

The comment in question comes from our GI Vault, pulled from the cutting room floor of Generation Iron 3. It’s a moment that wasn’t able to make it into the final film – but one worth unearthing to give a window into who Bumstead looks up to in the world of bodybuilding.

While Chris Bumstead wasn’t quite an Olympia champion just yet, it still says a lot to see the reverence he speaks of Iain Valliere and Flex Lewis. These are two incredible athletes and fans know it. But to see a fellow top tier athlete describe just how hard these two pro bodybuilders work is inspiring within itself.

There are pro bodybuilders who have blessed genetics and those who do not. The one’s who don’t often have to work harder in order to achieve greatness in this sport. Some genetically gifted bodybuilders can fall victim to complacency due to their natural talent. But in this venn diagram there is that perfect middle spot. Those rare athletes who combine godly genetics with unspeakable hard work.

It’s not always easy for fans to know who those specific bodybuilders are. In today’s world of social media we can get a hint of it – but unless you train directly with them and know them personally, you might not realize just how hard they work and how much they sacrifice.

It can be assumed that Chris Bumstead hopes to one day be that same kind of inspiration for bodybuilders coming up in the sport’s future. With one Olympia title under his belt and a potential second coming soon – he just might gain that status for a generation down the road.

You can watch Chris Bumstead’s full comments in our latest GI Exclusive Vault interview segment above. You can also watch all of Generation Iron 3 on digital today. Click here or the banner below to stream or download!

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Derek Dufour
Derek Dufour has been managing all digital operations on the Generation Iron Network for over six years. He currently manages a team of editors, writers, and designers to provide up-to-date content across the GI Network.